Some Carbohydrate Alternatives

Reduce weight by reducing your carbsCauli Faux Carbs
Many of us are watching carbohydrate intake to manage our weight or would like to include more vegetables in our diets, and a great way to do this is to replace many carbs with cauliflower.

This simple white vegetable is packed with great nutrition – it’s high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, packed with vitamins and fiber plus is known to increase blood flow, so with a bit of cunning in the kitchen you can recreate the texture of other carbohydrate based foods with this versatile vegetable.

Faux Rice
Take a head of cauliflower, chop into florets then pulse these in a food processor until you get pieces that look like “rice”. Saute these in a pan with a tbsp. or two of coconut oil and a small onion, diced, and season to taste.

You can add a variety of seasonings to this, herbs or spices, and tailor to your meal or can even serve it raw and with a firmer texture, just still in the coconut oil and onion with the chopped cauliflower and let it stand for a few minutes for the oil to soften – amazing!

Faux Pizza Base
Take 700g of cauliflower florets and pulse in the food processor until you get a fine texture. Pop this in a bowl and microwave for 5 minutes, without covering, or steam in a steamer.

Cool for 10 minutes then empty in a nut bag or a clean tea towel and squeeze out every last drop of moisture then back in the cleaned bowl and add 4 tbsp. of almond meal and 2 eggs.

You can use your hands to combine then turn onto a piece of baking parchment and roll into a circular shape. When you’re happy with the shape pop this into a preheated oven at 200C and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, add whatever toppings you feel like and cook further as required then voila – faux pizza, whole food style!

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